MARIETTA, OK - Eulojio Sanchez is a senior at Marietta High School, a hard working student, a band member, and an employee at the local McDonalds, and now also part of their national ad campaign.
While the part time job started out as a way to save up for college, Sanchez says it has also helped prepare him for life after high school.
Eulojio Sanchez says when he saw that his employer of two years, McDonalds, was asking employees across the country to be a part of a new ad campaign, he decided to enter.
"I saw that it only required a photo and some information like your name and stuff, so I did that thinking 'Nah, I'm not going to win,' but I'll just do this for doing it, and as you know I got chosen," Sanchez says.
Sanchez was one of 12 young people chosen nationwide and was flown to Los Angeles for a photo shoot. Sanchez says while he was excited to see his full page ad in magazines like Time and Sports Illustrated, he was also happy to be apart of the campaign that counteracts the stereotype McDonalds employees sometimes face.
"Those people need to stop and think because you know I have gained a lot of knowledge of how to communicate with people and how to treat people. It's really taught me a lot," Sanchez says.
Sanchez is also a member of the Upward Bound program that helps students prepare for college and was awarded a $10,000 Coca-Cola scholarship in February. He plans to use that money to attend Oklahoma State University, where he'll pursue a degree in civil engineering.
"I have some credit hours now so you know when I go up to Oklahoma State I'll have some classes already taken, so that'll be a great benefit for me."
While some people might call him lucky, Marietta High School principal Jack Kapella says Sanchez's accomplishments are a product of his hard work both at school and as a McDonalds employee and hopes he will inspire other students to reach to achieve their goals.
"It's great for McDonalds and our community, it's great for him, and great for all our kids to see what he's accomplished and that that could be them," Kapella says.
Sanchez will participate in the final round of the Coca-Cola scholarship starting Thursday, where he will be up against 250 other students for a chance at a $20,000 scholarship.
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